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Eddie and Dave

From 54 member  reviews
Members say: Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy

About the show

Atlantic presents this raucous retelling of the rise and fall of Pasadena’s most groundbreaking 80s rockers told through the foggy lens of a lonely, out of work MTV-VJ. More…

"Eddie and Dave" is a gender-bending new play by Amy Staats ("Miles for Mary," Atlantic’s Tow Playwright-in-Residence) about hubris, friendship, family, fame, musical genius, and what happens when the person you need is the one you find most irritating.


Member Reviews (54)

MEMBERS SAY:

Funny, Entertaining, Quirky, Clever, Fluffy
72
Avg Score

59
Disappointing, Fluffy, Insipid, Quirky, Banal

See it if If your into the band, the personalities that clashed and the genre of music. If you want to relive your MTV glory days.

Don't see it if You want a well written play that has good acting or story to it. Women play the men in this show.

75
Fun, Theatrical, Great acting, Great staging, Delightful

See it if you like fun, theatrical, weird, stylized comedies that remind you how playful theater can be.

Don't see it if you're looking for some realism. You won't find it here. (That doesn't mean you won't find honest performances!)

88
Delightful, Clever, Entertaining, Great acting, Refreshing

See it if You loved Van Halen & are curious about the group’s history & various comebacks, How bands break up &!whatever happened to David Lee Roth?

Don't see it if You don’t like cross gender casting, not a fan of rock history or music, don’t care about Van Halen or Roth, don’t like absurd comedy

Also One of the more enjoyable theatrical experiences I have had in quite a... Read more Read less

84
Clever, Funny, Fluffy, Intelligent, Quirky

See it if Detailed drag parody (satirical gender role-reversal) of rift between VH bros., and peacock Diamond Dave. Injection of drag Val Bertinelli.

Don't see it if MTV generation demographic-specific.Quiet stadium rock bio. Only samples of 3 songs.Need to ably identify a VJ. Unwanted tufts of body hair.

Also Playwright doubles as lead Van Halen brother.

70
Funny, Fluffy, Entertaining, High spoof factor, Campy

See it if you're looking for light fare with a sense of humor & enjoy watching actors having a great time; Omer Abbas Salem is particularly good.

Don't see it if you want something meaty and/or serious; the play is light and fun but the novelty wears thin after about 1/2 hour; music comes in snippets.

68
Interesting set design, Amusing effort, Light-hearted fun

See it if Bioplay with actresses and actor in opposite gender roles telling a parody of the Van Halen band’s story.

Don't see it if Unless you are intrigued by gender-switching casting. Don’t expect to hear very much Van Halen.

78
Absorbing, Nostalgic, Funny, Quirky

See it if you're nostalgic for 1980s MTV culture, were a Van Halen or David Lee Roth fan, or enjoy weird quirky shows.

Don't see it if you don't like quirky plays which switch the gender roles of characters, have no interest in pop culture of 1980s, or want a serious play

84
Well executed

See it if You want to see a playwright take a chance and hit a homerun!

Don't see it if You are going to try to analyze this with a magnifying glass because you want to see a serious or accurate portrayal of Van Halen’s career

Also There are some negative reviews on show score for this show that make ... Read more Read less

68
Lovingly conceived, Moderately clever, Indulgent

See it if A cross gender affectionate paean to a dramatic talented hair band.

Don't see it if The drama never rises to anything authentic. Is it played for laughs or pathos?

75
Entertaining, Funny, Quirky

See it if Over-the-top humorous take on the rock band Van Halen told through a MTV VJ narrator with gender role reversal, outrageous costumes & hair

Don't see it if you want something serious, want Van Halen's music (only a few snippets) & don't want something that can seem like an extended skit

Also Male band members are played by women (including Megan Hill as an over... Read more Read less

84
Enchanting, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Enjoy quirky but well-written and directed plays. Funny yet with some heart.

Don't see it if Wish for more traditional theater. Quirky may not be for everyone.

71
Entertaining, Funny, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you're up for an evening of some silly, over-the-top entertainment. The cast displays enthusiasm and the end result is enjoyable.

Don't see it if you're looking for something serious. Although one does gain some insight in the long-lasting Eddie van Halen/David Lee Roth rift.

81
Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if I thought it was just great fun. The gender switch of having the band members played by females worked well. It was also educational.

Don't see it if If you never loved Rock music

55
A kitchy bio isn't a play

See it if you love Van Halen, will tolerate good actors in reverse drag, a great set and special effects and were alive during their fame

Don't see it if you expect new insights, or expect a real play (as opposed to one person's obsession with a youthful fantasy).

73
Clever, Entertaining, Refreshing, Ambitious, Funny

See it if You enjoy a unique story about the pop scene performed by an all female cast. Very cleverly performed and unexpectedly interesting & clever.

Don't see it if You don't care anything about Eddie Van Halen & David Lee Roth's shenanigans or don't know about their talents and music.

70
Entertaining, Ambitious, Funny, Linear bioplay

See it if You’ve followed Van Halen over the years and would enjoy talented actresses acting out the highlights, with some recorded music & no singing

Don't see it if You haven’t followed the band’s antics. I would have preferred a mash-up of acting, videos, lip synching, to break up the story

1
Excruciating, Boring, Waste of time and money

See it if you like actors that yell instead of act, dialogue that includes "fuck" in almost every sentence, and an unimaginative rehash of history.

Don't see it if you have any taste at all.

Also Women dressed as men. Fine, when there is a reason. There is no reason... Read more Read less

95
Entertaining, Clever, Funny

See it if you want to be entertained by a story of old rockers - Eddie Van Halen and David Lee Roth. The gender switch is brilliant.

Don't see it if you cannot abide plays where women play men and men play women. Also, if you are sensitive to loud music.

85
Funny, Entertaining, Refreshing, Dizzying, Indulgent

See it if for some silly fun. Will get to know these rockers even if you don't know anything about them. Energetic and extravagant.

Don't see it if you can't surrender to silly. Or can't stand rock. Or can't take gender reversal acting.

70
Campy, Funny, Quirky, Interesting, Cute

See it if You like Van Halen and want to know more about the band and its members. You appreciate women playing male roles and vice versa.

Don't see it if You prefer less campy plays with better acting and more thought provoking.

80
Funny, Entertaining, Quirky

See it if You want to see an unusual look at a famous rock group. Two women and a man exchange gender roles.

Don't see it if You don’t care about Van Halen.

53
Overrated, Disappointing, Dated, Cliched, Banal

See it if You were a super fan of Van Halen

Don't see it if You don’t like to amateurish performances. Its only redeeming feature was the actor playing Valerie Bertinelli.

77
Entertaining, Funny, Refreshing

See it if Still want your MTV? A fun look at Van Halen, the success, failures, personal "highs" and lows made all the better by the gender switching.

Don't see it if You expect a story about rockers to be a musical.

80
Clever, Entertaining, Hilarious, Quirky, Great acting

See it if You want to have a fun evening. I had no idea that this play was about, but I learned a lot about Van Halen, and laughed a lot.

Don't see it if You don’t like gender bending roles. The male roles are played by women and Valerie Bertinelli is played by a man.

Also Here’s what I knew about Van Halen before this show-Eddie was married ... Read more Read less

70
Entertaining, Fluffy, Quirky

See it if you yearn for the 80s, want to see something different, or need a few good laughs caused by a new kind of camping it up

Don't see it if you don't have a fondness for any kind of Rock, need your characters played straight, or can't find humor in life.


January 22nd, 2019
“Larky if bloated sketch of a bio-comedy...Based on the original guitarist and lead singer of the chart-topping band Van Halen...The female cast members...appear to be having a high old time finding the testosterone within their characters’ teased hair...Initially, this is pretty funny...Ultimate...
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January 22nd, 2019
“Staats’s unabashedly goofy rock bioplay...Affection for music and the ridiculous past are the columns on which Staats has built her comedy...The music hews perilously close to Van Halen’s classic bangers...The attempts to take something that feels bootleg and turn it into something...leave the p...
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January 22nd, 2019
"Staats has written a sincere but simple love letter, a cheerful act of fan fiction that bubbles along enjoyably enough without ever really becoming more than the sum of its parts...The twist...is that the boys...are all embodied by women...At times it’s great fun to watch the women...At other ti...
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January 22nd, 2019
“Staats invites her audience into a snow globe filled with glitter and cocaine to recount the heroic journey of the band Van Halen, resulting in 100 minutes that are indeed as magical as they are ridiculous...She straddles the line between Bertolt Brecht and Tennessee Williams, imparting wisdom w...
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